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Is the United Kingdom subject to the EASA's authority or the CAA's (Civil Aviation Authority) authority?

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EASA: this is a European Union body, so yes, the UK is a member state.

CAA: There are many Civil Aviation Authorities worldwide, basically each is a national entity within the corresponding state. So, specifically for the UK, yes, there exists a body known as CAA that is a state entity, formally independent but in practice dependent on the UK Government (Dept. of Transport). Their web page is: http://www.caa.co.uk/

Due to the complex configuration of EU law, both EASA and the UK CAA can have their word to say on operations within UK territory. Though, as CAA say themselves:

The CAA works closely with the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to promote the highest common standards of safety and environmental protection in civil aviation.

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    $\begingroup$ The last link should probably be put in as a comment, since that's an answer to a separate question that has now been edited out. $\endgroup$ Jul 25, 2015 at 18:24
  • $\begingroup$ @NathanTuggy Indeed, thanks for the heads-up. For a list of all Aviation Authorities, Wikipedia has a list of CAA bodies here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_civil_aviation_authorities $\endgroup$
    – ALAN WARD
    Jul 25, 2015 at 18:52
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To update this following Brexit.

From the EASA website:

On January 1, 2021 EU aviation safety legislation, including Regulation (EU) 2018/1139 establishing EASA, no longer applies to the UK. As of that date, the UK is considered as a third country and no longer has the status of an ‘EASA Member State’.

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    $\begingroup$ When you post an answer like this, it is very good that you posted the text itself (since it saves users having to follow a link in order to read the answer, and since links can change or die over time), but it's also helpful to include the link in your answer so that others can verify the authenticity of what's posted. In this case, easa.europa.eu/en/the-agency/brexit $\endgroup$
    – Ralph J
    Apr 14 at 18:00
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for the info! $\endgroup$ Apr 14 at 20:17
  • $\begingroup$ It's also good to use the quote markdown > to indicate quoted text, and the exact section of a referenced document makes it much easier for others to find the quote again in the future. $\endgroup$
    – FreeMan
    Apr 15 at 12:40
  • $\begingroup$ Noted, thank you. $\endgroup$ Apr 19 at 8:07

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